Sesame (Sesamun indicum) oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oil, but not many people know this. I have been using this oil for quite a while and my skin has improved so much! My skin looks more calm and bright. Are you looking to improve your skin without the use of nasty chemicals, then look no further, because I will explain more of this powerful oil and its benefits.
Sesame seeds are small yellow brown seeds, mostly found in Africa and India. When the seeds are completely ripe, the outer shell burst open (it’s where the phrase “Open Sesame” comes from) and this it is the best time to harvest them. Then the seeds will be pressed into a light golden oil. The nutrient rich sesame seed itself is a symbol of prosperity and health in ancient folklore. The benefits of sesame oil are highly appreciated in various Ayurvedic regimens, the most popular being for massage. And sesame oil is also often used in Asian and Middle Eastern recipes.
Contents of sesame oil
The amount of vitamins, minerals and organic compounds and other beneficial components is why sesame oil is considered so healthy. Sesame seeds are a good source of copper and manganese, but it’s also a source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin.
Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
Read more about vitamins and minerals here.
The benefits and how you can use sesame oil
Sesame oil has a strong and intense nutty smell and perhaps not to everyones liking. Just try it out as sesame oil is easily available in shops (buy an organic 100% sesame oil version) and if you don’t like it on your skin or hair, you can always use it in your kitchen.
The intense aroma is actually the main reason I only use this oil before bedtime. After cleaning my face properly, I put 2 to 3 drops on my face and neck. I then massage it in, so that it deeply penetrates into my skin and there’s no oil left. My skin feels already great and after waking up in the morning I really feel that the oil did its work. My skin feels amazingly soft. Once in a while I also use the oil on my legs, arms and hands when they feel really dry.
Sesame oil penetrates all layers of your skin tissue and increases skin elasticity, smoothness and helps reduce the appearance of age spots. It eliminates skin conditions including premature aging but it also treats fungal diseases. If you do decide to use it in daytime, you will be happy to know, it also creates a protective layer on the skin. And therefore it can be used as a sunscreen and to protect the body from any toxins that go in through the skin.
Sesame oil is very nice to use as a hair mask. Warm it up a little and gently massage it into your scalp. This will moisturize and help strengthen your hair follicles. When you suffer from hair loss, this regime might helpt you.
I do this mostly every 2 weeks and massage the oil into my scalp before bed time and wash it out the next morning with a gentle shampoo. If you are worried to get your pillow stained, wear a shower cap. The heat inside the cap will help to penetrate the oil even more.
You can also add a bit of oil to your hair ends if they feel a bit dry. It helps getting them soft and shiny again.
As a mother of a 6 year old, I also want to share this tip.
School life sometimes unfortunately can imply getting lice. So how to get rid of them with sesame oil:
Add a few drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil to sesame oil and apply as hot oil treatment on scalp. The lice will be gone. Use a nit comb to extract their eggs.
More amazing health benefits and uses of sesame oil can be found here.
As shown above, sesame oil has a lot of benefits, so why not try it out. However, be cautioned if you have any nut allergies. Reports have found that people with allergy to nuts like walnuts and peanuts may also experience allergic reactions to sesame seeds and oil.